Hawker Hurricanes PZ851, PZ765 and PZ854 of No.11 (P)AFU crashed on Tintwhistle Knarr near Glossop, on the 22nd February 1945
|Ernest Mary Leon Marien (Belgian)||Flight Sergeant||Pilot (PZ851)||killed|
|Marcel Henry Leon Orban (Belgian)||Flight Sergeant||Pilot (PZ765)||Killed|
|John Victor Robinson||Flight Sergeant||Pilot (PZ854)||Killed|
The flight of three aircraft had taken off at 10:00 from RAF Calveley near Nantwich with F/Sgt Marien leading the flight. They had been tasked with practicing formation flying and had been instructed to avoid flying in cloud. For some reason, around 20 minutes after take off, the flight entered smog to the East of Manchester, on the Form 1180 it was described as industrial haze, while flying in this smog the three aircraft flew into rising ground below the summit of Tintwhistle Knarr where all three aircraft broke up and burst into flames killing the three pilots.
It was thought that the lead pilot had seen the high ground and attempted to climb over it but was too close for the rapid climb to have any meaningful effect.
The two Belgian pilots were repatriated to their homeland, possibly after being buried in the UK for sometime.
Flight Sergeant Robinson was buried at London’s Abney Park Cemetery, which is a Victorian era ‘Garden Cemetery’ where trees and undergrowth have been allowed to grow unimpeded. This can make photography a little troublesome.